Low amounts of alcohol may hurt health

By chillinwill · Nov 24, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    Even low amounts of alcohol consumption may be bad for health, Swedish researchers said.

    Study leader Johan Jarl of Lund University in Sweden found with the exception of people age 80 and older, men who consumed up to five units of alcohol a day and women who consumed up to 2.5 units a day cost the health service more than those who did not drink.

    The researchers said their study, published in the journal Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, challenged the conventional wisdom that low-alcohol consumption was good for health and caused fewer sick days and higher wages.

    "In this study, however, we found that, when including also those diseases where low-consumption increases the risk of morbidity and mortality, low-to-moderate alcohol intake actually has a net negative health impact," Jarl said in a statement. "It is therefore doubtful if the common explanation of health as the link between alcohol consumption and increased wages is valid in its existing form."

    November 23, 2009

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  1. winesecrets
    I'm no doctor but I've been drinking wine since I turned 18. I'm already 71 and I still feel as healthy as I can be. No major illness in the last decade. I think it's a matter of drinking in moderation and eating healthy food.:)
  2. Mona Lisa
    I agree. I also think that people have different reactions to alcohol with some benefitting whereas others should stay well away
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